The Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Theresa May MP represented Her Majesty The Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst today.
The Parade marks the completion of a year’s intensive training for 163 officer cadets from the United Kingdom and 27 officer cadets from 19 overseas countries. The United Kingdom officer cadets will be officially commissioned as officers in the British Army at midnight on the 13th April and those from overseas will return to their countries’ armies. Also on Parade will be the officer cadets from the junior and intermediate terms.
The day begins with a Commissioning Service in the Academy’s Royal Memorial Chapel for the senior term officer cadets and their parents and the Parade itself commences with the officer cadets marching on to the parade square at 1050 hours.
Junior Under Officer David Rawdon started his Army career as a Private in 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment. He has just commissioned from the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, having fulfilled a rewarding soldiering career, climbing the ranks of his regiment. It was his father who encouraged him to become a soldier, and now he will take that experience forward as he becomes an officer.
Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“It was an honour to represent Her Majesty the Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst – a place which is renowned throughout the world for military excellence, leadership and learning.
“The 163 officer cadets on parade here have overcome the toughest of mental and physical challenges, showing us that everyone can go as far as their talents will take them - no matter what their background.
“I believe in a society based on fairness, where success is based on merit, not privilege and where difference and diversity is celebrated. I am proud that our Armed Forces operate on the same principles.
“As they serve our country with the values of courage, integrity, selfless commitment and respect for others, our service men and women are an enduring source of good who help bring us together as one United Kingdom.
“With 14 different countries represented, today’s event demonstrates Britain’s strong partnerships with the rest of the world – and all of those being commissioned into our Armed Forces will play a leading role in keeping our United Kingdom strong, safe and secure.
“It was a privilege to be able to personally thank them today on behalf of the country – they are an inspiration to all of us.”